League of Women Voters®
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  • 28 Sep 2016 7:23 PM | Tammy Fagley (Administrator)
    Please note there will now only be one candidate forum that will occur on Oct. 1st and it will be the 1:00pm forum.  Thank you and hope to see you there.
  • 21 Sep 2016 6:44 PM | Tammy Fagley (Administrator)

    All candidates for contested races for Lexington/Fayette Urban County Council, Lexington area House of Representatives, Supreme Court, 6th Congressional District, and Fayette County Board of Education were invited to participate in forums on Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and 2. The forums will be held at the Farish Theatre, Lexington Public Library, 140 West Main Street in Lexington.

     

    The forums are co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters Education Fund, the Lexington Public Library and The Frankfort/Lexington (KY) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.  

     

    The public is invited to attend to meet the candidates in person and submit questions in writing.  Questions may also be submitted prior to the forum by emailing lexingtonlwv@gmail.com.

     

    The forum will be videotaped and aired on the Library’s Channel 20 and will be available for viewing on the library website after the forum. Citizens should check websites of the League of Women Voters of Lexington, KY (lwvlexington.com) and the Lexington Public Library (lexpublib.org) for a schedule and You Tube links.

     

    “The League is pleased to offer these forums as a way to better inform voters before they go to the polls,” said Tammy Fagley, local president. “We hope voters will submit questions, attend the forum and/or watch before they vote on November 8.”

     

    The forum schedule follows.

    Saturday, October 1, 2016

    10:15-10:45     Council District 4                    Susan Lamb

                                                                           Barry Saturday

    1:00-1:30         House District 75                    Kelly M. Flood

                                                                           Gary McCollum

    Sunday, October 2, 2016

    1:30-2:00         Kentucky Supreme Court       Glenn Acree

                                                                           Larry VanMeter

    2:15-2:45         School Board District 1          Melissa Bacon

                                                                          Samantha Rodarte

    3:00-3:30         School Board District 5          Daryl K. Love

                                                                          Sharon Mofield-Boswell

     

    The following forums were canceled because only one candidate was available.   

     

    Council District 2                    Shevawn Akers DECLINED

                                                   Sasha Love Higgins ACCEPTED

    Council District 12                  Russ Hensley DECLINED

                                                   Kathy Plomin ACCEPTED

    House District 56                   Daniel A. Fister DECLINED

                                                  James Kay ACCEPTED

    6th Congressional District      Andy Barr DECLINED

                                                  Nancy Jo Kemper ACCEPTED

    House District 79                   Ken Kearns DID NOT RESPOND

                                                  Susan Westrom ACCEPTED

    House District 45                   Stan Lee DID NOT RESPOND

                                                  Pam Sigler ACCEPTED

     

    All candidates for local, state and federal offices representing Fayette County have been invited to submit answers to questions posed by the League at VOTE411.org, an online voter guide.  Voters should check VOTE411.org after October 3, to learn more about the candidates.


  • 03 May 2016 10:46 AM | Tammy Fagley (Administrator)

    The League of Women Voters of Lexington is joining Leagues across the nation in providing VOTE411, an online voter guide, to Bluegrass area citizens, offering more information about candidates for the May 17 primary election. This is the first year that the Lexington League is offering this service to area voters.

     

    All candidates for president and Kentucky’s U.S. Senate and Sixth Congressional races have been invited to participate in this guide which can be accessed at www.VOTE411.org.  VOTE411 allows viewers to check their voter registration, learn the location of their polling place and learn about the candidates on the ballot, comparing responses to questions posed by the League about issues important to Kentuckians.

     

    The League is offering VOTE411 as an online voter guide as more voters, and in particular, younger voters, turn to the internet and social media for information. To access this data, citizens can go to www.VOTE411.org and type in their address to get a listing of the candidates on their ballot.

     

    “We encourage voters to learn as much about the candidates as possible before going to the polls on May 17,” said Tammy Fagley, president of the League of Women Voters of Lexington. “And we encourage all registered voters to come out and vote. Every vote counts!”


  • 07 Apr 2016 5:13 PM | Tammy Fagley (Administrator)

    A forum for Sixth Congressional Democratic Primary candidates was held Sunday, April 3rd at the Lexington Public Library.  It is now available for viewing on Cable Channel 20 on the following schedule through May 16:

     

    Sixth Congressional District Candidate Forum

    Every MondayWednesday and Friday at 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

    Cable Channel 20

    The forum may also be viewed at this link [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FO8-pKvGE68 ] .


    The League regrets that it will not host a forum for Republican candidates for the Sixth Congressional Primary.  We are following national League of Women Voters guidelines and state League policy. Also, Federal Communication Commission Rules preclude broadcasting a debate with only one candidate and Federal Elections Commission Rules suggest hosting a debate with only one candidate could be construed as a contribution to that candidate. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization. Candidate Roger Brill was available but Candidate Andy Barr was not. We see this as a lost opportunity for voters to learn more about the candidates prior to the election. Voters are encouraged to check candidate web sites, look for other media coverage, and check the League’s online Vote411 Voter Guide after May 1st to learn more about the candidates.


    The forum was co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Lexington Education Fund, The Frankfort/Lexington (KY) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated and the Lexington Public Library.


  • 24 Mar 2016 2:03 PM | Tammy Fagley (Administrator)

    This spring the League is hosting a flower sale fundraiser.  Purchase your ferns, petunias and begonias from a League member and support our mission to education  and register voters and get out the vote.  Contact the League at 859-494-3203 to order your flowers today.  The deadline to submit your order is April 20th and deliveries will occur on May 14.

  • 24 Mar 2016 2:00 PM | Tammy Fagley (Administrator)

    The 2016 League Blue Sheets are now available.  Please contact the League if you would like a copy of our Blue Sheet.  The Blue Sheet is a listing of the contact information of all of the government officials.  You can download it also from this website under Publications.


    Get yours today!

  • 02 Feb 2016 5:06 PM | Tammy Fagley (Administrator)

    The League of Women Voters of Lexington today will be teaming up with recording artist Patty Griffin and touring mates Sara Watkins and Anais Mitchell to empower voters at an upcoming concert to be held at the Singletary Center for the Arts, at 7:30 p.m. on February 20.  The event is part of a 39-city tour.

     

    At the concert, local League of Women Voters volunteers will be on-hand to help fans get the election information they need, including how to update their voter registration, find easy-to-understand local candidate and voting information, or learn about getting involved in the League's work to engage voters nationwide.   

     

    According to artist Patty Griffin, “I am so excited about this upcoming tour! It all started with me looking for a way to participate in the world as I’ve grown older – you know, complain a little less, do a little more. I then came across information that was surprising to me about voting in the US: single women are an incredibly influential voting group, and too many are not turning out to vote. This is troubling on a lot of levels, but the most troubling one to me is that so many in this group, of which I am a member, find so little to connect with in the workings of government. So little that we don’t bother.”

     

    “I am hoping with this tour to bang the drum about our democracy, about our communities, and even about our neighbors down the street,” Griffin concluded.

     

    “Our League is excited to be a part of this inspiring tour,” said Tammy Fagley, president of the League of Women Voters of Lexington. “With our presidential primary coming up on May 17, now is the time for us to take advantage of any and all opportunities talk with voters about how much their voice matters, help our neighbors make sure their voter registration is up to date and get them the information they need to cast a vote.”


  • 07 Nov 2015 10:08 AM | Tammy Fagley (Administrator)

    2015 Essay Contest


    Sponsored by THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS® OF LEXINGTON


    First Place: $250 cash

    Second Place: $150 cash

    Third Place: $100 cash

    Honorarium to the teacher/sponsor of each of the top three writers


    The LWV strives to encourage informed citizenship. As informed citizens, we examine events around us and form educated opinions that shape what we say and do. This contest is offered as an opportunity to think about an issue and then, through the writing process, to develop and explain a position on the topic.


    Topic: Write an opinion editorial (op-ed piece), publishable in the Lexington Herald-Leader on the following:

    Explain a current public policy issue of local, regional, or national interest, that deeply concerns you, what position you take on it and how you came to that position. Your job is to present facts and data to support your position in order to inform your readers and gain their support.


    This contest is open to students in grades 9-12 who are attending any Fayette County school.


    Essays are to be printed, double-spaced, using no smaller than 12 point font, and should be no longer than three pages excluding the title page.

    The deadline for submission is Monday, November 30. Awards will be presented in January, 2016. Entering contestants should submit the following:

     Title Page- submit all information requested on the attached Essay Title Page form.

     The Essay- follow rules for content and format.



    Essays mailed to:

    LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF LEXINGTON

    P.O. Box 22045, Lexington, KY 40522-2045

    must be postmarked no later than Monday, November 30, 2015.


    E-mail submissions may also be made by midnight on November 30, 2015

    to Judy Johnson at lexington.lwvessaycontest@gmail.com.


    Questions may be submitted to the above e-mail address at any time. Information on the Essay Contest can be found at www.lwvlexington.com.


    2015 LWV Essay Title Page should contain the following information:

    Title:

    Date:

    Name:

    Home Address/Zip:

    E-mail Address:

    Phone:

    Fayette County School:

    Grade:

    Sponsoring Teacher:

    Teacher’s E-mail Address:


     In submitting an essay the writer of this work gives the Lexington LWV permission to publish his/her writing and photo on the League website.

     Each essay must be accompanied by a Title Page including the information requested above.

     Information on the Essay Contest may be obtained on the League of Women Voters Website www.lwvLexington.com or by addressing questions to Judy Johnson at lexingtonlwvessaycontest@gmail.com.


  • 19 Sep 2015 3:40 PM | Tammy Fagley (Administrator)

    Midway University, the League of Women Voters of Kentucky and CBS affiliates WKYT-TV, Lexington and WLKY-TV, Louisville, will host a debate for candidates for lieutenant governor, Jenean Hampton (R ) and Sannie Overly (D) on:

     

    Wednesday, September 23, 7:00-8:00 p.m. (EST)

    Midway University’s Anne Hart Raymond Building Auditorium

    512 East Stephens Street

    Midway, Kentucky

     

    Bill Bryant, WKYT anchor and political editor, and Vicki Dortch, WLKY anchor, will moderate the debate leading an hour of questioning on key issues impacting Kentuckians. League of Women Voters’ policy will be followed. Candidates will have a set amount of time for opening, responding to questions and closing statements. They will be asked the same questions with time for discussion and rebuttal. 

     

    “This debate with women candidates for lieutenant governor, held at the state’s only Women’s College and with the League of Women Voters of Kentucky as one of the co-sponsors, is an historic event,” said Terry Naydan, co-president of the state League. “It will help inform citizens before they go the polls in November.”

     

    Midway University President John P. Marsden said, “Midway University is pleased to serve as the host for the Lt. Governor debate. As Kentucky’s only Women’s College it is important for us to bring events like this to our campus. It gives our students the opportunity to learn firsthand about the issues these candidates support. To have two strong female candidates participating also gives our students a glimpse of the increased role women are playing in the political process.”

     

    Hearst Television/WLKY has been honored with the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism eight consecutive years for its commitment to covering local political issues.  “WLKY is committed to helping our viewers hear from the candidates in every upcoming election. We are excited about this opportunity to hear from two women running for Lieutenant Governor,” said Vicki Dortch.


    “WKYT is proud to partner with WLKY and the Kentucky League of Women Voters for debates between candidates in the races for both governor and lieutenant governor,” said WKYT anchor and political editor Bill Bryant.  “During the debate in the lieutenant governor’s race, we look forward to a thorough discussion of the important issues facing Kentuckians.”


    The audience is limited to students and guests of the candidates and sponsors. The debate will stream live from 7 to 8 p.m. on wkyt.com.  Television viewers in the Lexington area viewers may watch the debate at 10 p.m. on The CW Lexington.


  • 21 May 2015 9:26 PM | Tammy Fagley (Administrator)

    Our new updated Blue Sheet is now available on our website under "Publications".  It contains all the information you need to contact your government official at all levels of government.  Check it out and download it today by clicking on the link.

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